Sukhvinder S. Obhi, Ph.D.


I completed my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at University College London (UCL) where I worked under the supervision of Professor Patrick Haggard on questions relating to sensorimotor control and volition. Following my PhD, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow with Professor Melvyn A. Goodale at what is now the Brain and Mind Institute at Western University, in London Ontario. I run the Social Brain, Body and Action Lab and the Neurosociety Lab at McMaster University.


I contribute to the scientific community by serving as a Co-Editor at Experimental Brain Research, an associate editor at the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and a review editor at Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. I was previously an Associate Editor at Cognitive Neuroscience and Acta Psychologica.

Director and Prinicipal Investigator

Postdoctoral Fellows



Dr. Michael Jenkins

My research originates in visual working memory and visual attention. During my PhD at Birkbeck University, London, under Professor Martin Eimer, I developed skills specialising in the Event-related potential EEG technique. I am now applying these methods to the domain of Social Cognitive Neuroscience, focusing on several research areas. Currently, I am primarily interested in how demographic context (such as the race or gender of others in group contexts) modulates responses to social exclusion.

Graduate Students

Carl Michael Galang - PhD Student


I am a third-year PhD student in the Social Brain, Body and Action Lab at McMaster University. I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a double major in Cognitive Science and Philosophy. My current research focus is on empathy. More specifically, I am interested in how the nervous system reacts to watching others in pain; I am also interested in how socio-cognitive factors, such as power, modulates those reactions. I use a variety of methods for my research including TMS, EMG, EEG, and behavioural responses.

I am a recipient of the SSHRC CGS-M (2015-2016), Ontario Graduate Fellowship (2016-2017), and Ontario Graduate Scholarship (2017-2018). 



Sumeet Farwaha - PhD Student


I am a second-year PhD student in the Psychology, Neuroscience, and Behaviour program at McMaster University. Before joining Dr. Sukhvinder Obhi’s Social Brain, Body and Action Lab, I obtained my Honours Bachelor of Arts degree with a specialization in Psychology from York University. My current research interests lie in the field of cultural psychology and neuroscience. More specifically, I am interested in using cultural neuroscience as a framework for examining how socioeconomic status and social power affects the way people think, feel, and behave. I am a recipient of both the SSHRC Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canadian Graduate Scholarship – Masters (2016-2017) and Ontario Graduate Scholarship - Doctoral (2017-2018).

Rubina Malik - MSc Student 


I am a second year MSc student in the Social Brain, Body and Action lab at McMaster University. I completed my undergraduate degree in the Arts & Science program at McMaster University, with combined honours in Origins Research and a minor in Religious Studies. Throughout my undergraduate career, I found myself most interested in the psychology electives that I took. My research interests in Dr. Obhi’s lab include cultural psychology and sense of agency. A few of my hobbies include painting/drawing and hiking! 

Undergraduate Research Students


  • George Fahim (Honours thesis student)

  • Audrey Kern (Honours thesis student)

  • Mina Pichtikova (Honours thesis student)

  • Felicia Chiappetta (Honours thesis student)

  • Ruchi Vijh (QQ)

  • Taryn Sanders (QQ)


Selected recent alumni

  • Maria Ershova (former MSc student)

  • Hassan Siddiqui (former QQ student)

  • Maria Nicula (former QQ student)

  • Eric Rushton (former thesis student)

  • Jesse Krusky (former thesis student)

  • Dr. Katherine Naish, PhD

  • Dr. Ciro Civile, PhD

  • Eamon Colvin, BSc

  • Michael Ku, BSc

  • Hussein Oliek, BSc

  • Nadia Nadeem

  • Sarah Blyth, MSc

  • Brittany Barnes, MSc

  • Ann Hascalovitz, BSc

  • Megan Grocholsky

  • Shawna Davies

  • Jeremy Hogeveen, PhD

  • May El Bouri

  • Katherine Zagrodney

  • Sahil Maria

  • Roham Farzami, MSc

  • Kristina Swiderski

  • Preston Hall, MSc

  • Angie Yong 

  • Hanna McCabe-Bennett

  • Carolyn Wilson, PhD

  • Lars Strother, PhD

  • Shannon Matkovitch, MSc

  • Cheryl Lavell, MSc

  • Amir Shabani, PhD

  • Rebecca Decloe, BSc - MSc Candidate

  • Amanda Demmer

  • Sonja Brubacher, PhD

  • Tiffany O'Connor

  • Cigar Kalfouglu, PhD 

  • Carly Romano

  • Suzanne McKay